Thursday, April 16, 2009


The Lake Odessa United Brethren Church (an outgrowth of the West Odessa United Brethren in Christ Church) was built in Lake Odessa in 1895. It was located on the northwest corner of Fourth Ave. and Fourth Street. The Board of Trustees that was responsible for this construction consisted of: P. A. Wachs, Emanuel Cramer and Stephen Mallory. This picture was taken before 1946 when the church became known as the Lake Odessa Evangelical United Brethren Church. This also appears to be before 1923 when the church was remodeled and a full basement dug underneath. The church remained active until 1967 when it merged with Woodland Evangelical United Brethren Church and formed what is now Lakewood United Methodist Church located in Woodland Township of Barry County. Many early pioneers of this area can trace their religous roots to the West Odessa United Brethren in Christ Church and as Lake Odessa provided new directions the church also followed. Today the Lake Odessa church structure has been remodeled into a residence.

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